Masterful abstract paintings in sound, wrought through the collaborative brilliance of Raphael Flores and mystified (aka Thomas Park). A transatlantic masterpiece of shared samples and creative accord. Each sent a selection of recordings to the other for mixing, and the results are here for you to enjoy.
Rafael Flores hails from Andújar, Spain. Under his own name, and also as "Commando Bruno" he has appeared on many solo albums as well as compilations since 1981. A veteran of experimental sound exploration, his prowess shines brightly on this Webbed Hand release. He also appears on "To Ancient Noise" [wh024]. Visit his website
to get updates on his prolific recording projects.
Mystified (aka Thomas Park), a familiar artist to Webbed Hand fans, has returned with another remarkable work. Mystified's recording career spans back many years and across many subgenres of electronica, and his work is fast gaining recognition and respect in the public esteem. Visit his website
for more information.
01 Subsuelo I
02 Five Chinese Miners
03 Mineral I
04 Mineral II
05 Vera + Cruz
07 Fiebre Del Oro
08 Manantial Que No Cesa
09 Hello Stations
12 On A Plate
Tracks #1-8 Flores & Mystified
Tracks #9-13 Mystified & Flores
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June 9, 2005
review from www.disquiet.com
FLORES-MYSTIFIED MP3 ALBUM: After an initial track of deep foreboding, and deeper silences that seem to confirm ill fate, Rafael Flores and Mystified's collaboration, Intrigue, on the Webbed Hand netlabel, ventures in several directions. The second track adds a voice to fill the gaps, as well as the analog flutters of 1950s science fiction films. And then things really get interesting. There's what appears, by the titles ("Mineral I," "Mineral II") and the rush of water, to be a transformation of a field recording into a tumble of shudders and a low riding hum that makes that opening track sound like a spring breeze. There are also wild, synthetic storms to be heard ("Manantial Que No Cesa"), bleepy exotica ("Hello Stations"), white noise ("Buzzbase") and much more. The album's two keepers suggest its breadth between them; there's the dreamy passing of old trains on "Convey," which runs in place like a recurring nightmare, and the filmic arc of "Vera + Cruz," which opens with a surprisingly dramatic chamber string section and then proceeds to descend below a pipe organ's lowest stop. What holds it all together is an emphasis on desperately slow rhythms, ill-gained found sound, and a refreshing lack of concern for fidelity.